Read the Stars is a monthly series centred around books as astrological signs. These spiteful, self-destructing, and spectacular stories featuring pandemics and prophecies prove they’re an Aries.

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Yellowface by R.F. Kuang. Aries do a lot of things out of spite, and if there’s a story that is clearly spiteful with every page —shockingly, in a good way— then it has to be this satirical literary fiction debut by the author of Babel. It’s filled with jealousy and desperation, and with a main character who is flawed in all caps. Sounds pretty much like a fire sign.

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. Aries are addicted to adrenaline rushes and emotions, and this pandemic novel gives exactly that and more. It balances the estrangement of a climate change and the thoughtful exploration of death —a mix that would pull anyone interested in riding on the highs and lows.

Red Pill by Hari Kunzru. If there’s a sign that would self-destruct oneself in the name of curiosity, it has to be the Aries. This paranoid novel takes its title from the film ‘The Matrix’ where an unnamed narrator goes down a rabbit hole of terrifying ideas while watching a show that glamorises fascism —leading to a mediation on extremity.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. Every hour, ten out of ten Aries around the world are filled with a passionate desire for something. This epic fantasy drips with the same emotion as it follows a ritually-blinded boy groomed by his mother to become an avatar of a Crow God to avenge the massacre of his people on the day the sun turns black.

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. There is rarely a day when an Aries doesn’t think of themselves as the number one—the unique, amazing rarity. But if there’s a book that is actually spectacular, it has to be this debut science fantasy that is a mecha reimagining of the only female Chinese empress. It has a rage-filled heroine piloting giant robots? Yes.

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